Dear Hiram students and families,
Welcome to Hiram College! It is my pleasure and privilege to serve as your vice president and dean of students. I have various responsibilities at the college, but my primary role is serving as a senior advocate for students. In this role, I work closely with faculty, staff and students to enhance the quality of college life. Additionally, I have the honor of providing leadership and guidance for the following areas:
- Campus Safety
- Campus Involvement
- Career Development
- Academic Development
- Citizenship Education
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Health, Counseling and Disability Services
- International , Commuter, and Transfer Student Services
- Residential Education
- Special Events and Conferencing
The Student Affairs and Athletic staff provide students with opportunities for development through quality services and programs focused on individual student needs. These program and services are meant to foster success and persistence. It is our goal to challenge and support students to make connections between learning (inside the classroom) and practical experience (outside the classroom). Whether it is laboratory work, community service, an internship, a study away trip, campus work study, service learning, student activities or an independent study, all of these experiences are tools students can use to make liberal learning relevant and practical. I believe that these activities are particularly important for today’s learners who will become tomorrow’s leaders.
Hiram Student Affairs and Athletics takes great pride in our mission and core values of community, learning, responsibility, diversity and innovation.
Students are strongly encouraged to actively participate in college life by seeking out opportunities to be involved both in and outside the classroom. We expect students to engage in and uphold our mission values. Our staff is available to answer questions and point students in the right direction. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Elizabeth M. Okuma, Ph.D.
Vice President and Dean of Students